Originally Posted by rebelextrm02
I guess my preference stems from using the older dell keyboards at school with the big noisy punchy keys. I didn't like how they felt or how much effort it took to type with them. I then moved onto laptop keyboards and loved how easy they were to touch type with. Naturally, when I buit my first pc and purchased my own keyboard I bought one with similar profiles to laptop keys, though I don't get the same satisfaction out of it that I did with the laptop. I've just never liked big tall keys since. I can honestly say I've never tried any of the new mechanical keyboards with the cherry mx switches in them. I don't even know where one would go to try out one.
Yeah, well I personally guarantee you that this is absolutely not
now a good mechanical keyboard feels that has a Cherry MX type of switch (like Brown, Blue, Clear, etc).
To try and prove it, here's my experience: for close to 8 or 9 years, I had this keyboard
(not my picture) which is a Dell RT7D10 - it's just some cheap $15-20 rubber dome board. But I loved it because of the media keys and also because I didn't know any better; to me, all keyboards were the same except for their external features and appearance. I didn't know that I could have a keyboard that feels better to type on.
But then almost a year ago now I upgraded to the Razer Lycosa and I loved it. To me, it felt like a superior keyboard in every way. However, I didn't know that the reason why
it felt superior was because it wasn't old and worn out like that Dell board (I didn't understand the way rubber dome boards wear out). I mean, the rubber sheet inside of the Lycosa was fresh and new while the Dell's was older and a bit worn out, and so that's why I liked the Lycosa. In fact, I liked the Lycosa so much that I highly recommended it every chance I got. One of my favorite things were the low-profile keys!! I was convinced that it was much easier to type on this keyboard due to the keys being of the low-profile variety (but this is not a scissor-switch keyboard), and it was because I didn't understand yet that the only reason why I liked it was because it was a brand new rubber dome keyboard while my old rubber dome was on its last leg. So at this point, I decided that I was never again going to get a keyboard with the standard-sized keys.
But then to make a very long story short, I started having some technical problems with the Lycosa and eventually ended up upgrading to the Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO
(currently temporarily not available), and that changed everything. This keyboard is dramatically and significantly superior to both that Dell board I had as well as that Lycosa. Now I completely understand why there's a very strong following of good mechanical keyboards! I enjoy each and every keystroke; typing is actually fun
now. The sound of typing is pleasing to my ears. My keyboard looks really nice, sophisticated and classy. My keyboard is nice and heavy and feels like it's permanently attached to my desk (that is, while I'm using it). It just feels very solid. It's just significantly superior in every way imaginable!
In other words, I think Phaedrus2129 is right: those Dell boards you were forced to use were likely not very good at all.